I have spent some time lately working with both potential CRM Online customers and partners who were unaware of the what’s really possible when you combine CRM Online with Windows Azure. I primarily work with customers/partners building “enterprise” solutions. I have heard statements like the following:
“I can’t use CRM Online because I have to integrate with systems behind my organizations firewall.”
“I can’t use CRM Online because I need to write custom ASP.NET pages and Web Services that integrate with my solution.”
Since the material available on the topic is slim, I decided to write a series of blog posts and/or videos demonstrating some common scenarios to get your creative juices flowing. This post will serve as the table of contents. Therefore, I will update it periodically. You will find links to the various scenarios below. Topics without links are posts I have planned.
Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Service Bus Relay
Going outside the CRM Online sandbox using Windows Azure Compute
Integrating with systems behind a firewall from CRM Online using Windows Azure Compute and Connect
More topics to come…
While these topics are specific to CRM Online + Windows Azure, they also present design principles that can be leveraged in an on-premises deployment that will help you architect a solution that can run in whatever deployment model you choose.
Please let me know in the comments if you have any other questions or ideas for a topics in this series.